June 05, 2013
A Shallotte teen was arrested early Wednesday and charged in the death of a 4-month-old boy last week.
Randy Lee Richards, 19, is being held without bail in the Brunswick County jail on a charge of first-degree murder. Richardson made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning and was assigned an attorney, James Payne.
"This is a boy. This is a young man and he is just bewildered and distraught," Payne said about his client.
Richardson was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax.
Flax said 4-month-old Colton Richardson died May 28. Details surrounding the child's death were not released.